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21 Aug 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The health department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is taking technical assistance from the mobile health units sent by Punjab government to put brakes on the outbreak of haemorrhagic dengue fever, which has killed five people besides sending 1,000 others to hospitals during the past one month.

Most of the cases of dengue fever have been reported in Tehkal village.

21 Aug 2017 description

QUETTA: A five-day polio eradication campaign will begin in Quetta, Pishin, Qila Abdullah and Mastung districts on Monday.

Syed Faisal Ahmed, Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre, told reporters on Sunday that 127 union councils in the four districts would be covered by the campaign.

He said that 800,000 children would be administered vaccination drops during the campaign.

21 Aug 2017 description
report Frontier Post

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): A child was killed while six others were severely injured after an explosive device they were playing with went off in Pishtakhara area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday.

Zubair, 10, was killed in the accident while the injured include Aqil, 17, Azeem, 14, Samiullah, 12, Junaid 12, Ismail and Rahil who were both eight.

Pishtakhara ASP Shoaib told the media that the children found the device in the fields and began playing with it.

Subsequently, they gathered stones and pounded the explosive causing it to go off.

21 Aug 2017 description

LAHORE: Punjab healthcare experts have left for Peshawar to help their counterparts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to control the spread of dengue fever and update the knowledge of physicians there regarding management of patients suffering from the disease.

This is the first time that Punjab healthcare professionals will be working in another federating unit for eradication of any epidemic. Two years ago, Sindh government had refused a similar offer by the Punjab government to combat dengue.

20 Aug 2017 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The year’s first dengue case in the federal capital was reported on Saturday, after a Garden Town resident was admitted to Polyclinic Hospital.

A dengue outbreak has already been observed in Peshawar, and health experts believe the dengue virus had shifted to Islamabad due to the frequent movement of people between Peshawar and Islamabad. They suggested taking immediate measures to eradicate the mosquito, warning that otherwise they would be infected with the virus.

19 Aug 2017 description

As part of the ongoing political reconciliation in Balochistan, 22 more suspected militants including a commander of the banned organisation Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) surrendered before the security forces on Friday in a ceremony held at Frontier Corps (FC) Madadgar Headquarters in Quetta, the military's media wing reported.

18 Aug 2017 description

PESHAWAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, has formally launched a programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Stunting occurs when a child’s growth and development is impaired from poor nutrition. The effort aims to prevent chronic malnutrition in children under five years of age as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers.

18 Aug 2017 description

By Xari Jalil

LAHORE: The Afghan refugees in Punjab are hopeful of being registered after the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) opened its centres on Wednesday.

In all there are 32 Afghan registration centres working for the same objective, including one in Islamabad, 11 in KP (52pc of the refugees stay there), one in Karachi and 16 in Balochistan.

16 Aug 2017 description

PESHAWAR: Countrywide registration of undocumented Afghan nationals will start on Wednesday (today) and would continue till the end of December.

Director General Afghan Commissionerate Waqar Maroof said that approximately one million Afghan nationals, who were residing in Pakistan without legal documents, would be registered.

He said that around 600,000 Afghan nationals were likely to be registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that around 200,000 unregistered Afghan nationals had gone back to their country in 2016 to avoid deportation.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

Madeeha Anwar

Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, beleaguered for years by terrorism and lawlessness, has seen a decline in militant activities during the past few months as the result of government counterinsurgency operations, a recent security report says.

FATA Research Center (FRC), a non-governmental organization based in the capital of Pakistan, observed a decline of 19 percent in violent incidents during the second quarter of 2017 in the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border with Afghanistan.

15 Aug 2017 description

By Faiza Ilyas

KARACHI: Regretting the country’s slow progress on childhood vaccination especially on the polio front despite massive government spending over the years, experts at the concluding day of a health seminar held on Monday called for concerted efforts to break the many myths surrounding vaccines, one of the most effective ways to prevent many serious illnesses.

They also warned about the high prevalence of antibiotic resistance resulting from the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and urged doctors to be cautious in their prescriptions.

12 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

QUETTA, PAKISTAN — Pakistan's army says "terrorists" have targeted a military truck with a bomb killing eight soldiers and seven civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta.

A military statement Saturday says the bomb also wounded 25 people, including 15 civilians. It says incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan, said the blast took place near a private hospital but its nature is still being investigated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

11 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • In Pakistan, the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population cannot afford a sufficient and nutritious diet. Ongoing conflict between the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and militant groups, recurrent natural disasters—including drought and floods—and a lack of basic health and nutrition education complicates household access to food and livelihood opportunities.

11 Aug 2017 description

At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.

At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.

The region's administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.

10 Aug 2017 description

WHO statement 3 August 2017

The fourteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 3 August 2017 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.

10 Aug 2017 description

Karachi’s Khalida - forging a path to trust in vaccines

Fifty-seven year-old Khalida, a striking figure on her four-wheeler motorbike, is a supervisor of one of the female vaccinators’ teams in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

10 Aug 2017 description

Islamic Development Bank pledges continuous support to Polio Program till the end

Islamabad, 8 August, 2017: Praising the valuable contributions made by Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in polio eradication, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said that “after having reached so close to eradication, we cannot afford to let our guards down and will make sure that every child across the country is administered two polio drops in every next campaign.”

08 Aug 2017 description

QUETTA, 7 August, 2017: In an effort to improve the health services in public hospitals in Quetta, the UN Refugee Agency Monday handed over a health project worth Rs35.4million (USD350,000) to the provincial health department that will benefit 200,000 patients.

The project was handed over at a ceremony which was attended by UNHCR and government officials.

08 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

Pakistan’s new tax on non-profit groups will force humanitarian agencies to cut back on services to some of the most vulnerable people in the country, NGO workers say.

Read more on IRIN.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

The urban context in Pakistan is complex and posses major risks for the most vulnerable groups. Following the results of a participatory analysis, Oxfam developed a strategy for improving urban WASH governance and accountability in Pakistan. The model is centred on citizens, with strong elements for influencing and networking. The inclusion of social accountability mechanisms is already showing results in terms of the accountability of local administrations and improved service delivery, particularly to women and vulnerable groups.